Liverpool target Bacca ‘agrees AC Milan move’

Liverpool have been handed a huge blow in their summer striker search, with reports from Spain claiming top target Carlos Bacca has agreed a move to AC Milan.

The Reds have stunned fans with a flurry of early signings since the end of a disappointing Premier League season, with £15million Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne set to join the likes ofRoberto Firmino, James Milner and Danny Ings at Anfield.

But the Merseysiders are still yet to complete one of their primary summer objectives – to find a top class goalscorer.

Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke has been linked, as has Zenit Saint Petersburg forward Salomon Rondon, but Colombian star Bacca – who has scored 34 goals in 71 appearances since his arrival from Club Brugge two years ago – was thought to be one of the highest on Liverpool’s wanted list.

And the club’s pursuit of the 28-year-old may now be over, with reports suggesting the player has agreed terms with the Italian giants.

The striker’s agent reportedly confirmed the deal on Saturday, and was quoted in Milan News as saying: “I can confirm that Milan and the player reached an agreement.

“Carlos chose what is best for his future, so it’s only natural he is happy. How long is the deal for? You’d best ask the Rossoneri that.”

However, Spanish newspaper AS claim Sevilla are yet to sanction the deal, with the club demanding any prospective suitors meet Bacca’s €35m buy-out clause.

AC Milan are thought to have offered just €22m, plus 29-year-old France international defender Adil Rami, and Sevilla are not interested in the bargain.

The La Liga outfit’s manager Unai Emery recently insisted none of his top players will be leaving this summer, though sporting director Monchi later admitted the club would be powerless if the €35m clause is met.